2019

Infrastructure work on the lachine canal walls

Between Lock No. 3 and Wellington Bridge and between Côte-Saint-Paul and Monk Bridges

MONTRÉAL, Quebec, October 11, 2019 – Parks Canada would like to inform the public that infrastructure work is currently being conducted on the south side of the Lachine Canal walls, between Lock No. 3 and Wellington Bridge and between Côte-Saint-Paul and Monk Bridges. The work will be conducted from mid-October 2019 to May 2020 and will focus on sections of crowning walls which will be repaired or replaced to preserve this heritage component essential to the sustainability of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. 

Parks Canada is working with its community partners to plan and conduct the work. Although there should be minimal impact on the cycling and pedestrian traffic in the area, noise and dust may be a factor for residents and neighboring businesses. A detour for the pedestrians will be put in place via the Wellington Bridge. Cyclists will we redirected to the Mill Bridge.

During construction, Parks Canada wishes to remind the public to exercise caution and comply with construction zones and on-site signage. The safety of users and workers is paramount for Parks Canada.

The Lachine Canal’s walls are representative elements of the canal’s development and of construction techniques that have been used for over a century. The canal walls are necessary to the structure of the waterway since they retain the weight of the land and protect the shoreline. They are also essential to both navigation and the rich and varied activities offered along the banks of the canal.

Parks Canada is leading this infrastructure work along the Lachine Canal National Historic Site to ensure safe, high-quality experiences for visitors by improving heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas.

Parks Canada will provide information on this project through Facebook @LachineCanal and on the “Plan Your Commute” webpage.

 


Rehabilitation of canal walls on the north side, between Lafleur and Angrignon bridges

MONTRÉAL, Quebec, August 2, 2019 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that infrastructure work is currently being carried out on the north side of the canal, over a 1,900-metre section of the walls, between the Lafleur and Angrignon bridges. From August 2019 to June 2020, crowning walls will be repaired or replaced to preserve this heritage component essential to the sustainability of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site.

Major detour

During the work, the path and banks will be under construction with heavy machinery. To ensure the safety and security of users and workers, the entire area will be closed for the duration of the work.

Parks Canada recommends that cyclists follow the signs installed near the site that will redirect them mainly to the Les Berges (along LaSalle Blvd.) and the Canal de l’Aqueduc municipal bicycle paths (along Champlain Blvd.).

The detour is explained in detail on the Lachine Canal Info-Work Plan Your Commute webpage

Parks Canada is actively working with area stakeholders to set up another detour to limit the impacts for users. Visitor safety is a priority for Parks Canada and we ask users to exercise caution and respect existing closures and signage in all work zones along the Lachine Canal.

Navigation for boaters along the canal is not affected by the closure and will proceed according to the summer 2019 schedule.

The canal walls are representative elements of the canal’s development and of construction techniques that have been used for over a century, and are essential to its overall structure, as they are weight-bearing and protect the banks. They are also essential to both navigation and the abundant and varied activities offered along the banks of the canal.

Until 2020, Parks Canada is investing close to $170 million at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site to rehabilitate several infrastructure elements, including walls, locks, bridges and footbridges and the path lighting system. Parks Canada will provide information on this project through Facebook @LachineCanal and on the “Plan Your Commute” webpage.

 


Parks Canada sites in the Greater Montreal Area officially open for visitor season

Dreaming of exploring the stories of the past? Memories await you at Parks Canada places from coast to coast to coast!

May 16, 2019, Montréal, Quebec, Parks Canada Agency 

Whether you’re looking for adventure, fun science activities for the whole family, a chance to explore history, or a break from the everyday, Parks Canada has 450 000 km² of protected areas with countless unique experiences to suit your needs. 

Starting on May 17, the Greater Montreal Area national historic sites will officially open for the 2019 visitor season.  Sites where you will discover stories, historical figures, voyageurs, trappers and smugglers, as well as a beautiful waterway await you! Check them out while strolling, cycling, boating or rollerblading — there is something for everyone, from youngest to wisest.

The Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site Old Montreal
This summer, contemporary art will be featured in the living room of Sir George-Étienne Cartier’s home, the only Victorian-style interior you can visit in Montreal. Interdisciplinary artist Jocelyn Robert will be presenting a work of audio art as part of Period Rooms, a project carried out in partnership with VOX ‒ Centre de l’image contemporaine. Inspired by the “O Canada! mon pays! mes amours!” musical score, a song composed by Cartier himself, Jocelyn Robert wanted to spark a reflection on the memory of an illustrious figure and on what is left of it over time.

This artwork is part of a circuit of eight artistic interventions taking place at the Château Dufresne, the Château Ramezay, the Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal and the Molinari Foundation. Admission is $3.90 per adult and free for youth aged 17 and under.

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site

The oTENTik Experience

This summer, experience an original getaway in oTENTik accommodations on the shores of the Lachine Canal! Relax at the foot of Silo No. 5 and enjoy a unique panoramic view of the city. Explore the Lachine Canal on foot or on bike and take advantage of the many activities offered in the Old Port of Montreal. The oTENTik accommodations site offers you an unparalleled immersion in an exceptional urban and heritage setting for $120 per night. This summer, experience Montreal in a whole new way!

Learn-to Camp!
Once again this summer, Parks Canada is offering a Learn-to Camp program in an urban environment. The intent of the program is to initiate people, who have little to no camping experience, in order to pique their interest in exploring our national parks and nature. Located on a small island of greenery on the shores of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, a few steps from the Old Port, the program offers overnight initiation stays with outdoor cooking workshops, games and activity circuits that will entertain all generations. Of course, the traditional campfire and marshmallows are on the program! Four overnight stays are scheduled: June 15, July 6, August 3 and August 17. All information, reservation terms and conditions, fees and detailed programming are available on the Lachine Canal website.

Nautical Activities
The boat ride service on the waters of the Lachine Canal offered by Le Petit Navire provides an opportunity to explore the Port of Montreal waterway right up to the gourmet stop at the Atwater Market. And if you wish to see the city from another angle, H2O Adventures offers a wide range of safe watercraft from electric boats to kayaks, not to mention paddleboats.

The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site
The perfect spot to relive the fur trade era! Learn about the exploits and adventures of the trappers, voyageurs and Indigenous peoples who travelled by canoe from Lachine to Fort William. Admission is $3.90 per adult and free for youth aged 17 and under.

The Fort Chambly National Historic Site Montérégie
At the foot of the Richelieu Rapids, Fort Chambly lies on a picturesque site. This magnificent and strategic stone fortification comes alive with exciting activities to take part in all summer long as a family, in a group or alone: costumed interpretive activities, musket and artillery firing, architecture of the area, and a heritage vegetable garden. Visit the exhibition “Smuggling” which highlights the secrets of the illegal trade between the settlers and the Indigenous Nations. Admission: $5.65 per adult and free for youth aged 17 and under. Full programming is available on the website of the Fort Chambly National Historic Site.

The Fort Lennox National Historic Site is closed for the 2019 season owing to a major conservation project. Extensive restoration work is underway to conserve the Barrack, the Officers’ Quarters, the Guardhouse and two Magazines. These investments, which give a future to our past, are designed to allow Canadians to continue enjoying our rich history and heritage, and to preserve this unique site for future generations.

Parks Canada places belong to all Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada is pleased to continue to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth aged 17 and under. By encouraging young people to discover nature and connect with history, we can help to inspire the next generation of stewards for these protected places.

In celebration of diversity, Parks Canada continues to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Canoo mobile app. Visiting Parks Canada’s national heritage places is a great way for Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and heritage.

Parks Canada staff of the Greater Montreal Area national historic sites are excited to welcome new and returning guests to experience everything that these sites have to offer.

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“Warm weather is finally here. It’s the perfect time to head back outside and reconnect with the places we love. Parks Canada has so many wonderful places where Canadians and visitors to Canada can explore our wilderness and learn about our culture and history. The Government of Canada is pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for young people, 17 and under. So let’s get outdoors, visit our national parks, historic sites, or marine conservation areas, taking advantage of discovering the places in Canada we love best.” 

The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick Facts

 

CHAMBLY (Quebec), May 16, 2019 – Parks Canada announces the gradual opening of the 2019 boating season on Parks Canada's historic canals in Quebec. Due to the recent severe flooding, opening to navigation will be delayed in some locations, and sites will remain closed to the public along the banks until further notice.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site
The Lachine Canal will be open to welcome recreational boaters for the boating season from today, May 17, until Monday, October 14th, 2019. Happy boating season to all!

Chambly Canal National Historic Site
The Chambly Canal season should be open to recreational boaters for the boating season from May 24 until Monday, October 14th, 2019. Prior to the opening of the season, visitors along the banks can still enjoy their favourite outdoor activities, as the canal path remains accessible at all times. 

Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site
The Saint-Ours Canal season should be open to recreational boaters for the boating season from May 24 until Monday, October 14th, 2019. It should be noted that the facilities located on Darvard Island will be closed to the public along the banks, as well as to recreational boaters until further notice. Parks Canada is asking for the cooperation of the public to respect traffic signs in order to maintain a safe and secure site. 

Carillon Canal National Historic Site
The Carillon Canal, as well as the park, are currently closed to the public along the banks and on the waterway. Parks Canada will inform the public of the reopening of facilities as soon as officials lift the restriction of navigation on the Ottawa River. 

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site
The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, as well as the park are currently closed to the public, along the banks and on the waterway. Parks Canada will inform the public of the reopening of facilities as soon as possible. 

Parks Canada is making every effort to ensure the rehabilitation and safe operations of our national historic canals and will inform the public of their reopening as soon as possible. The Agency is seeking the cooperation and support of all users in showing their understanding, exercising caution, and to respect the temporary traffic signs. 

For further details on the service periods and the opportunities for discovery on Quebec's historic canals, Parks Canada invites you to consult parkscanada.gc.ca/canals or contact 1 888 773-8888.

As part of Parks Canada network of historic sites and national parks, the national historic canals offer more than a million recreational boaters and visitors exceptional visitor services and recreational and heritage experiences.

 


Canal wall repairs

Path closure between Chemin Du Musée and Dollard Avenue in LaSalle
Restoration of the grounds at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Montreal, Quebec, May 6, 2019 — Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that rehabilitation work to restore the grounds will be carried out along the banks and paths of the south side of the Lachine Canal, between the Chemin du Musée and Dollard Avenue in LaSalle, by the end of May 2019. Now that repair and rehabilitation work of the canal walls has been successfully completed in this sector, the Agency is ensuring that the site is safe and welcoming for all users.

Since the work will result in the closure of the canal path, a detour will be set up to redirect cyclists to the public road network north of the canal in the borough of Lachine. Parks Canada works with community partners to plan and carry out this work, and the detour routes were developed in consultation with the boroughs of Lachine and LaSalle.

From west to east, the detour will first direct cyclists north on 6th Avenue (bike lane), then east on the exclusive bike path along William-MacDonald/Victoria Streets. Then, to ensure their safety, cyclists are encouraged to get off their bikes and walk the last 340 metres of the detour on Notre-Dame Street between Saint-Joseph Boulevard and Saint-Pierre Avenue. Cyclists will then join the Parks Canada’s path on the north side of the canal at the junction of Saint-Pierre Street. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the sidewalk on Saint-Patrick Street along the closed area of the canal during construction. The work will have no impact on navigation in the canal.

While the work is carried out, Parks Canada asks everyone to exercise caution and comply with work zones and signage. At all times, the safety of users and workers is paramount for Parks Canada.

Parks Canada makes every effort to minimize disruptions caused by infrastructure projects along the Lachine Canal and communicates information related to this work in a variety of ways, including the @LachineCanal social media account (Facebook) and online on the Info-Work – Plan Your Commute web page.

Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion over 5 years to complete infrastructure work at national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across the country. As part of this project, nearly $170 million will be invested in Lachine Canal National Historic Site to upgrade several structural elements of the waterway and thus enhance the experience of the more than one million people who visit this unique site every year.

 


Rehabilitation of canal walls between George-Étienne-Cartier and Atwater footbridges

Montreal, Quebec, May 3, 2019 — Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that work is currently conducted on the south side of the canal over a 813 meter section of the walls, between the Atwater and the George-Étienne-Cartier Footbridges. From May to October 2019, crowning walls will be repaired or replaced to preserve this heritage component essential to the sustainability of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site.

A temporary path is located just a few meters from the actual path, between George-Étienne-Cartier Footbridge and the CN/St-Henri Bridge. During the work, Parks Canada asks the public to exercise caution and comply with construction zones and on-site signage. The safety of users and workers is paramount for Parks Canada.

Parks Canada is working with its community partners to plan and conduct the work. Although there should be minimal impact on the cycling and pedestrian traffic in the area, noise and dust can be a factor for residents and neighboring businesses. Navigation on the canal will not be impacted.

The canal walls are representative elements of the canal’s development and of construction techniques that have been used for over a century and are essential to its overall structure, as they are weight baring and protect the banks. They are also essential to both navigation and the rich and varied activities offered along the banks of the canal.

Parks Canada will provide information on this project through Facebook @LachineCanal and on the “Plan Your Commute”.

Until 2020, Parks Canada is investing close to $170 million at Lachine Canal National Historic Site to rehabilitate several infrastructure elements, including walls, locks, bridges and footbridges and the path lighting system.

 


Spring Maintenance on the Lachine Canal Path
Users to Exercise Caution as Work Continues

Montréal, Quebec, April 12, 2019 – The path along the Lachine Canal National Historic Site is maintained by Parks Canada from April 15 to November 15 each year. With spring weather on our doorstep, the Parks Canada’s team is hard at work to prepare the path to ensure all users can safely enjoy their favorite leisure activity.

Given the extreme and ongoing weather conditions of the winter season, along with continued infrastructure projects and other work led by third-parties along the canal, Parks Canada will have to undertake additional maintenance measures to ensure the Lachine Canal path is safe and welcoming for all users.

Path users should be aware there continues to be the presence of ice and mounds of snow blocking access to the path in some areas. These conditions are complicating the task of path preparation and causing a slight delay with the installation of bicycle racks and garbage receptacles. With the ongoing infrastructure work along the Canal, some contractors must await conditions to improve in order to complete the restoration of the grounds and the path affected by this work. These projects will be underway over the coming weeks as weather permits.

Providing a safe, high-quality experience for visitors of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site is a priority for Parks Canada. We thank all users for their understanding while the Parks Canada’s team works hard to prepare the path for the season. All users are asked to exercise caution and respect the signage when approaching snowy or icy surfaces.

Caution when approaching the tunnels

Parks Canada wishes to remind path users that although the surface of the path may appear clear, thin layers of ice may remain on the surface of the 10 tunnels that the Lachine Canal path crosses. Users should be particularly alert around the Gauron and Lafleur bridges. Temporary signage is currently in place.

For further information on the impacts of infrastructure work along the Lachine Canal, please visit the “Plan Your Commute” or subscribe to the @LachineCanal social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

 


Infrastructure work continues on the Lachine Canal Walls

Temporary path closure for vegetation removal and replanting

roots growing through canal walls
Trees grow directly in the walls of the canal.

Montreal, Quebec, March 13, 2019– Parks Canada is continuing major repairs along the 14 km of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site and will be working on the south side walls, between the Sir-George-Étienne Cartier and Atwater footbridges, and on the north side, between Lafleur Bridge and Angrignon Bridge, beginning in the spring of 2019.

The Lachine Canal's walls are necessary to the structure of the waterway since they retain the weight of the land and protect the shoreline. The tree canopy and greenery have grown significantly in recent years, both along and within the walls of the canal, creating a situation where the vegetation is compromising the preservation and maintenance of the canal. In order to maintain this historic structure, as well as to allow for the required restoration work, Parks Canada must remove trees and vegetation in specific locations.

Starting in mid-March, Parks Canada will remove 135 trees on the north side of the canal, between the Lafleur Bridge and the LaSalle-Coke crane, and an additional 30 trees on the south side, between the George-Étienne-Cartier and Atwater footbridges. Parks Canada is a recognized leader in conservation and built heritage. Prior to removal of trees and vegetation, all projects are subject to an environmental assessment to ensure mitigations are in place to maintain the ecology of the site and all work is conducted outside of bird nesting and migratory periods.

Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada. As this vegetation removal is underway, a section of the Lachine Canal path between Lafleur Bridge and Angrignon Bridge (north shore) will be closed intermittently for approximately two weeks. Signage will be on-site to inform users of this work.

Over the next 2 years, Parks Canada expects to plant a minimum of 300 trees on the south side of the canal. On the north side, approximately 200 additional trees, as well as several hundred shrubs, will be planted between Du Musée Road and the Gauron-Lafleur bridges. As part of the revegetation plans, Parks Canada is considering planting more trees along the canal, however must first ensure sufficient space is available for the optimal and sustainable growth of each tree, while also ensuring a safe distance is maintained for the long-term protection of the Lachine Canal walls.

Parks Canada recognizes the tree canopy and extensive greenery are important elements of the Lachine Canal. Over the coming months and years, as work continues along the 14 km of the canal, additional tree and vegetation removal may occur in relation to the diverse work required along the canal. Parks Canada will continue implementing various actions to re-plant trees and restore greenery to ensure the revitalization of the vegetation cover at the Lachine Canal; thus, preserving the natural beauty of this historic waterway while protecting the heritage integrity of the site.

For more information about work that will have an impact on the Lachine Canal’s users, please visit the “Plan Your Commute” webpage or subscribe to the @LachineCanal social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

 


North Link: Temporary work stoppage

Montreal, Quebec, February 18, 2019 - Parks Canada would like to inform the public that infrastructure work to develop new visitor facilities at the Lachine Canal National Historic site are temporarily suspended for the winter season. Work began in the summer of 2018 and will resume in the spring when weather conditions permit. This interruption will in no way affect the work schedule, with user access to the new facilities still planned for the end of summer 2019.

The work underway is in an area of the canal that had not been developed and was not easily accessed by the public. Through federal infrastructure funding, Parks Canada is adding a one-kilometre section of new path on the north side of the Canal, between Atwater Avenue and Des Seigneurs Street, along with a rest area and a building providing washroom facilities and a multipurpose room.

Visual Renderings of the North Link Project: Service building and path

Visual rendering of a bike path with a building
North link - Service building

Bike path close to a railway
North link - Atwater - Des Seigneurs


Since September 2018, the work completed by Parks Canada has included: paving the loop path at the Des Seigneurs tunnel; completing the foundation and subsurface infrastructure up to the future service building; constructing the cycling and foot paths between the future service building and Dominion Street; excavating street light bases between Dominion and Charlevoix streets; and, implementing the future building’s foundation features and erecting its steel structure. In the spring of 2019, Parks Canada will start construction work in the area between Charlevoix Street and Atwater Avenue.

Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. Through infrastructure investments, Parks Canada is protecting and preserving our treasured places, while supporting local economies and contributing to growth in the tourism sector.

To obtain up-to-date information on the infrastructure work under way at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site visit Info-Work - Plan Your Commute page.

 


Temporary closure as work begins on Atwater footbridge

Montréal, Quebec, February 5, 2019 – Parks Canada will begin infrastructure work on the Atwater footbridge, along the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, to extend the operating lifespan of this very busy thoroughfare. This important rehabilitation project will allow Parks Canada to upgrade this footbridge, located in the heart of a vibrant and dynamic area of the Lachine Canal, to ensure that everyone can safely enjoy it for many years to come.

The current structure of the footbridge dates back to 1984. To extend its lifespan, maintenance work on the structure will include replacement of the deck and the drainage system, repairs to abutments and painting of the footbridge’ steel components. The work is expected to begin on February 13, 2019, and will result in the complete closure of the footbridge for the approximately 10 weeks required to complete the bridge improvements.

To cross the Lachine Canal during construction, a clearly identified detour route will be located by the Charlevoix Bridge, to the East. In order to ensure a safe crossing for all, Parks Canada asks that all users respect the temporary signage and use the sidewalk designated for the direction they are crossing. The entire proposed detour, including the Charlevoix Bridge’s sidewalks, will be cleared of snow and maintained throughout the footbridge’ closure to the public. Alternative routes to reach the other side of the canal, such as the Des Seigneurs Bridge and the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge, further West, will continue to be available to users.

Parks Canada recognizes the impacts to users caused by this necessary closure. To minimize this disruption to both users and local establishments, the work is being completed during the winter season when there are few members of the public using the Canal’s pathways.

For more information about ongoing and future work on the Lachine Canal, consult the @LachineCanal social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and the webpage entitled “Info-Work: Plan Your Commute”.

Map of detour

 


 

Montreal boat show

Parks Canada at the 2019 Montreal Boat Show: Enjoy the view, enjoy life!

Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Québec Maritime Association (QMA) as part of the 2019 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from January 31th to 3rd at Place Bonaventure to raise awareness of one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. Parks Canada will welcome visitors this year to its space featuring Canada's historic canals and will help them plan their boat trips. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat!

The 2019 edition of the Boat Show promises to be very exciting since Parks Canada is preparing plenty of surprises for you: novelties, promotional offers for the 2019 season, contests and much more! The Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario waterways team has assembled a package to guarantee you'll enjoy a fascinating journey.

An unbeatable pre-season offer!

The seasonal lockage permit is valid throughout the navigation season and allows you to go through any lock system that is part of Canada's national historic canals. The seasonal night mooring permit allows night mooring at seven national historic canals, two national parks and one national marine conservation area.

The pre-season offer will allow recreational boaters to save 20% on the current prices of seasonal lockage permits. With the purchase of the lockage permit, also take advantage of a 10% reduction on the night mooring permit.

Just have your boat registration number as well as the length of your boat on hand to make the purchase on the spot.

The 2019 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest nautical gathering in Quebec, and Parks Canada is pleased to participate in it to meet pleasure boating enthusiasts and increase awareness of its exceptional waterways. So it's a meeting as early as January 31!

 

2018

Work on the Atwater pedestrian overpass

Upcoming temporary closure of the overpass

Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that work will be carried out on the Atwater pedestrian overpass, at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, to extend the structure’s operating life and ensure an adequate level of safety for the many users of this very busy thoroughfare on the Lachine Canal.

The current structure of the overpass, which dates back to 1984, is showing significant signs of deterioration. The maintenance work will include replacement of the deck and the drainage system, repairs to abutments and the painting of the overpass’ steel components. The work, which will last about 12 weeks, should begin in February 2019, and will result in the complete closure of the footbridge for approximately 10 weeks.

To cross the Lachine Canal during construction,, users will be asked to access the clearly identified detour road located by the Charlevoix Bridge, to the East. In order to ensure a safe crossing for all, Parks Canada requests that all users cooperate by respecting the temporary signage and using the sidewalk designated for the direction they are crossing. The entire proposed detour, including the Charlevoix Bridge’s sidewalks, will be cleared of snow and maintained throughout the overpass’ closure to the public. Alternatives to reach the other side of the canal, such as the Des Seigneurs Bridge and the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Footbridge, further West, will continue to be available to users.

Parks Canada acknowledges the inconvenience caused by this necessary closure and as such, has planned to minimize the impact to all users and local establishments by completing the work during the winter season. This important rehabilitation project will allow Parks Canada to upgrade a structure located in the heart of a vibrant and dynamic area of the Lachine Canal to ensure that everyone can safely enjoy it for many years to come.

The Atwater Pedestrian Bridge Rehabilitation project is currently out to tender. Details of the work including the exact timeline and the official detour plan will be shared once the contract award process is complete.

For more information about ongoing and future work on the Lachine Canal, consult the @LachineCanal social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and the webpage entitled “Info-Work: Plan Your Commute”.


Rehabilitation of the Lachine Canal Walls

Changes to vegetation between Sir-George-Étienne Cartier and Atwater footbridges and upcoming plantings

Montreal, Quebec, November 20, 2018 – Parks Canada is continuing major repairs along the 14 km of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site and will be working on the south side walls between the Sir-George-Étienne Cartier and Atwater footbridges beginning in the spring of 2019.

This work involves the removal of vegetation located in the walls of the canal as of mid-November 2018. These interventions are necessary for the completion of the repair work on the walls and to ensure the long-term preservation of this national historic site.

Parks Canada is recognized as a leader in conservation and built heritage. Prior to the removal of trees and vegetation, all projects are subject to an environmental assessment to ensure mitigations are in place to maintain the ecology of the site and that all work is conducted outside of bird nesting and migratory periods. Every effort is being made to preserve the maximum of trees.

Furthermore, Parks Canada will add 49 more trees (in addition to the 50 trees previously announced) on the south side of the canal, west of the Monk Bridge, for a total of 99 trees planted in this specific area. In the next few years, Parks Canada plans to plant a minimum of 300 trees on the south side of the canal. On the north side, a minimum of 75 trees will also be planted in the area between Chemin du Musée and the Gauron and Lafleur bridges. Parks Canada is evaluating the possibility of planting more trees in this area, but must ensure there is sufficient space for sustainable and optimal growth of each tree, in addition to maintaining a safe distance in order to protect the walls of the Lachine Canal.

Parks Canada recognizes that the tree canopy and extensive greenery are important elements of the Lachine Canal and will continue to implement various measures to replace trees removed during previous work and restore vegetation to ensure the revitalization of the vegetation cover of this historic waterway. Further planting will be done once the various projects have been completed.

For more information about work that will have an impact on the Lachine Canal’s users, please visit the “Plan Your Commute” webpage or subscribe to the @LachineCanal social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

The Government of Canada is investing nearly $170 million in Lachine Canal National Historic Site to upgrade several structural elements of the waterway, preserve the historic canal and enhance the experience of the more than one million people who visit this unique site every year.


Beginning of construction work on the elevated structure of the Réseau express near the Lachine Canal

When: Late October 2018 to early fall 2019
Schedule: Mainly on weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Occasional night work
Where: Near the Peel Basin

Montreal, October 31 2018 - The Réseau express métropolitain (REM) is the largest public transit project launched in Québec in the last 50 years. This fully automated electric light rail system will include 26 stations and 67 km of tracks across Greater Montréal.

The route of the future Réseau express métropolitain will pass over the Lachine Canal, which will require the construction of an elevated structure in that area. The work will be carried out in phases and extend to the commissioning of REM in 2021.

Nature of upcoming work:

The first phase will include putting up three pillars for the REM’s future elevated structure. To construct the pillars, two temporary jetties will be built in the Lachine Canal between the north and south banks of the canal and the central island where the swing bridge is located.

These jetties will accommodate the equipment required for the work and will be dismantled afterwards. The work schedule is as follows:

  • Late October to late November 2018: Construction of two jetties linking the north and south banks of the Lachine Canal.
  • Late November to mid-February 2019: Beginning of construction of the three pillars.
  • Mid-February to fall 2019: installation of beams and deck (slabs) of the elevated structure. Dismantling of the jetties once the work is finished.

Impacts and mitigation measures:

The work will generate noise and dust and obstructions to pedestrian and cyclist traffic around the Lachine Canal path. There will be a large number of trucks in the area in fall 2018 for the construction of the jetties. Some brush clearing and cutting of trees and shrubs will also be necessary.

Important notice :

A segment of the Lachine Canal path on the north of the bank will be closed from late October to March 2019. Afterwards, there will be temporary closures to move equipment until April 2019. During these temporary closures, signallers will be on hand to direct traffic. For the entire duration of the work, users will be asked to use the southern detour, as showen below.

Detour plan

Info: www.rem.info / info@rem.info / 1 833 rem-info (736-4636)


Replacement of the Hall Footbridge on the Lachine Canal

Installation of temporary detour

Montréal, Québec, October 5, 2018 – Parks Canada will soon begin work required to replace the Hall Footbridge on the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. From mid-October to mid-November, this infrastructure work will require the closing of the Canal path located on the north side, between Des Seigneurs and Allée des Barges, in the South-West borough. During the work, path users are asked to follow a detour via the path on the south side of the canal, between Wellington Street Bridge to the east and lock No 3 to the west.

Built in the mid-1970s, the Footbridge lets users of the path cross the Spillway Outlet Channel near lock No 3. It has now reached the end of its lifespan. Parks Canada determined that a full replacement of the Hall Footbridge would provide for an estimated life of 75 years, whereas restoration of the existing structure would have extended its useful life by 10 to 15 years only. These improvements will help reduce maintenance costs and ensure sound environmental management of the site, as well as maintain an appropriate level of safety for the many users of the Lachine Canal.

Parks Canada plans infrastructure work by prioritizing the safety of users and workers. We ask everyone to be careful in the area of work, obey the signs in place, and use the suggested detour or other safe alternatives for travel in this area.

Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion over five years to support infrastructure work within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas. As part of this, nearly $170 million is being invested in the Lachine Canal National Historic Site to upgrade several structural elements of the waterway, and thus enhance the experience of the more than one million people who visit this exceptional site each year.

For more information about ongoing and future work on the Lachine Canal, consult the @LachineCanal social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and the webpage entitled “Info-Work: Plan Your Commute”.



Path closure during canal wall repairs

Chemin Du Musée and Avenue Dollard in LaSalle

Montréal, Québec, October 5, 2018 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that repairs will soon be carried out on the walls of the south side of the Lachine Canal, between the Museum and Dollard avenues in LaSalle. From October 2018 to January 2019, the canal walls will be repaired or replaced in order to preserve this heritage property. In addition, related work along the banks and paths of the canal in this area is expected to be conducted in April and May 2019.

Since the work will result in the closure of the canal path in the same area at these two different times, a detour will be set up to redirect cyclists to the public road network north of the canal in the Lachine borough. Parks Canada works with community partners to plan and carry out this work and the detour routes were developed in consultation with the boroughs of Lachine and LaSalle.

From west to east, the detour will first direct cyclists north on 6th Avenue (bike lane), then east on the exclusive bike lane along William-MacDonald/Victoria Streets. Then, to ensure the safety of cyclists, its encouraged to get off their bikes and walk the last 340 metres of the detour on Notre-Dame Street between Saint-Joseph Boulevard and Saint-Pierre Avenue. Cyclists will then join the Parks Canada’s path on the north side of the canal at the junction of Saint-Pierre Street. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the sidewalk on St. Patrick Street along the closed area of the canal during construction. The work will have no impact on navigation in the canal.

While the work is carried out, Parks Canada asks everyone to exercise caution and comply with wok zones and signage. At all times, the safety of users and workers remains a priority for Parks Canada.

Parks Canada makes every effort to minimize disruptions caused by infrastructure projects along the Lachine Canal. When this work has an impact on users, Parks Canada communicates in a variety of ways, including the @LachineCanal social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and online on the Info-Work – Plan Your Commute web page: parkscanada.gc.ca/lachinecanal-work.

Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion over 5 years to support infrastructure improvements in national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas. As part of this, nearly $170 million will be invested in Lachine Canal National Historic Site to upgrade several structural elements of the waterway and thus enhance the experience of the more than one million people who visit this unique site every year.


Tree removal and re-planting as part of canal wall work

MONTREAL, Quebec, September 21, 2018 – Parks Canada is undertaking work to repair the canal walls to ensure the long-term preservation of the Lachine Canal. The work involves digging a trench 1.7 to 2.5 metres deep and up to 3 metres wide along the outside of the canal walls. This will necessitate removing vegetation along the walls on the south side of the Lachine Canal, between the Senkus Footbridge and the LaSalle-Coke crane in the LaSalle and Le Sud-Ouest boroughs. As a result, 14 trees in this specific area will be felled to allow the work to proceed.

Parks Canada will also be re-planting more than 50 trees on the south side of the canal, west of the Monk Bridge, in an area where similar vegetation and tree removal was conducted last year in connection with infrastructure work in this sector of the Lachine Canal.

The Lachine Canal's walls are necessary to the structure of the waterway since they retain the weight of the land and protect the shoreline. The tree canopy and greenery have grown significantly in recent years, both along and within the walls of the canal, creating a situation where the vegetation is compromising the preservation and maintenance of the canal. In order to maintain this historic structure, as well as to allow for the required restoration work, Parks Canada must remove trees and vegetation in specific locations.

Parks Canada is a leader in conservation and built heritage. Prior to the removal of trees and vegetation, ll projects are subject to an environmental assessment to ensure mitigations are in place to maintain the ecology of the site and to ensure all work is conducted outside of bird nesting and migratory periods.

Parks Canada recognizes the tree canopy and extensive greenery are important elements of the Lachine Canal. Over the coming months and years, as work continues along the 14 km of the canal, additional tree and vegetation removal may occur in relation to the diverse work required along the canal. Parks Canada will continue implementing various actions to re-plant trees and restore greenery to ensure the revitalization of the vegetation cover at the Lachine Canal; thus, preserving the natural beauty of this historic waterway while protecting the heritage integrity of the site.

Parks Canada is carrying out various work to rehabilitate several infrastructure elements at Lachine Canal National Historic Site, including: bridges and footbridges; lighting system; retaining walls; and, locks. When this work has an impact on users, Parks Canada communicates in a variety of ways, including the @LachineCanal social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and online on the Info-Work – Plan Your Commute web page. Dates, areas affected, as well as impacts for canal users for this diverse work will be communicated as soon as they are known.

Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion over 5 years to support infrastructure improvements in national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas. As part of this, nearly $170 million is being invested in Lachine Canal National Historic Site to upgrade several structural elements of the waterway, preserve the historic canal and enhance the experience of the more than one million people who visit this unique site every year.


Replacement of the Wellington Footbridge on the Lachine Canal

Installation of temporary detour

MONTREAL (QUEBEC), August 3, 2018 – Parks Canada will soon begin work required to replace the Wellington Footbridge on the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. From mid-August to mid-September, this infrastructure work will require the closing of the Canal path located on the south side of the Peel Basin, between Wellington and Mill streets. During the work, path users are asked to follow a detour via the path on the north side of the Canal, between Wellington Street Bridge to the west and Mill Street Bridge to the east.

Built in the mid-1970s, the Footbridge lets users of the path cross the Wellington Basin, and has now reached the end of its lifespan. Parks Canada determined that a full replacement of the Wellington Footbridge would provide for an estimated life of 75 years, whereas restoration of the existing structure would have extended its useful life by 10 to 15 years only. These improvements will help reduce maintenance costs and ensure sound environmental management of the site, as well as maintain an appropriate level of safety for the many users of the Lachine Canal.

Parks Canada plans infrastructure work by prioritizing the safety of users and workers. We ask everyone to be careful in the area of work, obey the signs in place, and use the suggested detour or other safe alternatives for travel in this area.

plan de détour


Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion over five years to support infrastructure work within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas. As part of this, nearly $170 million is being invested in the Lachine Canal National Historic Site to upgrade several structural elements of the waterway, and thus enhance the experience of the more than one million people who visit this exceptional site each year.

For more information about ongoing and future work on the Lachine Canal, consult the @LachineCanal social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and the webpage entitled “Info-Work: Plan Your Commute”: parkscanada.gc.ca/lachinecanal-work.


Parks Canada is adding a section of path and a service building at Lachine Canal

Federal infrastructure funding will help improve the visitor experience.

August 7, 2018 Montréal, Quebec Parks Canada Agency

a cyclist taking a turn on Lachine Canal trail
Parks Canada is required to protect and promote nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. National historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nation and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history. The Government of Canada will soon begin work to add infrastructure for visitors at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. Mr. Mark Miller, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie — Le Sud-Ouest — Île-des-Soeurs, announced today on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, that work will begin to improve the visitor experience at Lachine Canal.  The work announced today will add a one-kilometre section of path and a building providing washroom facilities and a rest area on the north side of the canal, between Atwater Avenue and Des Seigneurs Street, in an area that does not currently include any infrastructure for visitors. Echoing the strategies found in the Lachine Canal Management Plan, recently tabled in the House of Commons, this will allow the Government of Canada to provide current and future users with renovated facilities and services that better reflect their expectations as well as the recent transformations in the adjacent neighbourhoods. The contract awarded by Public Services and Procurement Canada for this work represents an investment of more than $6 million.

Lachine Canal is one of Parks Canada’s flagship sites in the Montréal region. It is popular with visitors who come to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities in the heart of one of the biggest cities in the country.

Following the largest consultation ever on Parks Canada, Minister McKenna put forward her priorities for Parks Canada through the Minister’s Round Table. Lachine Canal is an excellent example of Parks Canada’s efforts to enable Canadians to discover, connect with and enjoy historic sites and national parks through innovative ideas.

The Government of Canada is currently making major infrastructure investments at historic sites and national parks in order to sustain the incredible ecological and economic value that they provide for society and our country’s heritage, for both current and future generations.

Quotes

“Through these investments in the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, the Government of Canada is ensuring that visitor facilities are safe, reliable and of high quality, enabling more Canadians, especially youth, to experience the outdoors and learn about our environment and heritage. Rehabilitating Parks Canada's site infrastructure allows more Canadians to discover and enjoy one of the world's most beautiful and extensive networks of protected places.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and minister responsible for Parks Canada

“This project will allow Montrealers and visitors to benefit from new infrastructure that will encourage better traffic flow in one of the busiest areas of the Lachine Canal. Public Services and Procurement Canada is proud to support Parks Canada in carrying out this work through an open and transparent process that ensures the best value for taxpayers.”

The honourable Carla Qualtrough,
Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

“Thanks to this additional infrastructure at Lachine Canal, current users, as well as new users, will be able to connect a bit more with this national historic site located in the heart of one of the biggest cities in Canada. By providing innovative services, such as a new path section, Parks Canada will help more Canadians discover and enjoy one of the largest and most beautiful networks of protected places in the world.”

Marc Miller,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie — Le Sud-Ouest — Île-des-Soeurs

Quick facts

  • Over a million people visit the Lachine Canal National Historic Site every year. It is very popular with residents of Montréal and visitors to the city, and is a major tourist attraction for the metropolitan area.
  • A link between the city and nature, the canal is a waterway punctuated by five locks that extends over 14.5 kilometres between Lake Saint-Louis and the Old Port of Montréal. Located in the heart of the city, this Parks Canada National Historic Site offers a wide variety of activities and is a magnificent place to explore with family or friends.
  • Parks Canada is investing a record $3 billion over five years to carry out infrastructure work on facilities located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas.


Information Bulletin

Reopening of the path in the western half of the canal

Montreal, Quebec, June 29, 2018 - Parks Canada would like to take this opportunity to inform the public that the western half of the path on the Lachine Canal National Historic Site has now reopened. Cyclists and pedestrians can use the 14 km path along the canal, from its western end in Lachine to the eastern entrance of the canal in the Old Port.

From October 2017 to June 2018, Parks Canada carried out repairs on the lighting system and the canal walls at various locations over a 7 km stretch between Chemin Du Musée in LaSalle and Avenue De L'Église in Le Sud-Ouest. This work involved the circulation of heavy equipment and the presence of uneven patches on the path and the banks of the canal. As Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada, this section of the canal was closed for the duration of the work to ensure the safety of users and workers.

New technology and better visitor experience

The old lampposts, equipped with high-pressure sodium lamps, have been replaced by LED devices - more durable, energy efficient and easy to maintain. In addition, the old electrical system dating back to the 1970s has been replaced by an underground power system. These improvements are more environmentally friendly and will enhance the reliability of the lighting network and thus provide a more enjoyable and safe experience for the more than 1.5 million users of the path annually. This first phase of repairs on the Lachine Canal lighting system represents an investment of $ 2.8 million.

Retaining walls

The canal walls represent the evolution of the canal and highlight various construction techniques used for over a century. They are an integral part of the cultural resource that is the canal, and are directly related to the commemorative integrity of the site.

Until 2020, Parks Canada is carrying out various projects to rehabilitate several infrastructure elements at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, including: bridges and footbridges; lighting systems; retaining walls; andlocks. When these projects have an impact to its users, Parks Canada communicates in a variety of ways, including the @LachineCanal social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and online on the Info-Work – Plan Your Commute web page.


Lachine Canal National Historic Site Management Plan Tabled in Parliament

Parks Canada announces plan to connect Canadians to their heritage in Montreal

June 1, 2018 Montréal, Quebec Parks Canada Agency

The management plan for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site was tabled in Parliament today. Management plans are a legislative requirement of the Canada National Parks Act and guide the management of Parks Canada’s places.

National historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nation.

The new plan for the Lachine Canal outlines the following key strategies:

  • Creating a strong identity for the canal and providing a distinctive signature that are both rooted in the heritage values of the site.
  • Focusing on the renewal of the facilities and services offered in order to better reflect the expectations of different users as well as the recent transformations of adjacent neighborhoods.
  • Increasing the integration of the canal with surrounding communities, to foster ownership so that they can obtain benefits from it.
  • Take advantage of the canal's urban setting to promote the unique expertise of Parks Canada and its large network of protected areas.

The new plan also puts forward a targeted management approach for the Peel Basin area in order to create a convergence site for the canal and make it attractive for Montreal's urban clientele as well as tourists.

The plan was developed through public consultation and based on input from local residents and organizations, visitors, stakeholders, and partners of the region of Montreal. Through this management plan, Parks Canada is delivering its promise to protect and present Canada’s cultural heritage while also providing an opportunity for Canadians to experience and discover our diverse history in new and exciting ways.

Millions of Canadians celebrated Canada 150 in 2017 with free admission to Parks Canada’s places. In 2018 and beyond, the Government of Canada is celebrating families with free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth 17 and under. Parks Canada’s national heritage places are a great way for Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and heritage.

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site Management Plan is available on the Parks Canada’s website at: https://pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/qc/canallachine/info/gestion-management/gestion-management-2018.

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“Canada’s national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas belong to all Canadians and offer truly Canadian experiences. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the management plan. As the Minister responsible for Parks Canada, I applaud this collaborative effort and I am pleased to approve this management plan for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site.”
Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick Facts

  • The Lachine Canal contributed significantly to the economic, industrial, and urban development of Montreal.
  • Today, in addition to its waterway punctuated by five locks between the Old Port and Lake St-Louis, this site offers an urban verdant 14.5 km path lined with industrial vestiges.
  • Since 2015, as a result of federal investments of $170 million over five years, the Lachine Canal is undergoing a significant rejuvenation of its infrastructure, including masonry walls, locks, bridges, heritage facilities, and path.
  • The canal attracts more than 1.2 million people annually, including some 4,500 recreational boaters.

Associated Links


Rehabilitation of the Canal Walls update

Montréal (Québec), May 16, 2018

Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that work will be conducted on the north side of the canal over a 510 meters section, between the Atwater Footbridge and Dominion Street. From May to October 2018, crowning walls will be repaired or replaced to preserve this heritage component essential to the sustainability of the canal and the various activities offered both on the canal’s waters and on its banks.


Parks Canada is working with its community partners to plan and conduct the work. Although it should have little impact on the cycling and pedestrian circulation in the area, inconveniences such as noise and dust could be felt by residents and neighboring businesses. Navigation on the canal will not be impacted.

During the work, Parks Canada asks the public to exercise caution and comply with construction zones and on-site signage. The safety of users and workers is always a top priority for Parks Canada.

The canal walls are representative elements of the canal’s development and construction techniques that have be used for over a century, and are essential to its overall structure. They are also essential to both navigation and the rich and varied activities offered along the banks of the canal.

Until 2020, Parks Canada is investing close to $170 million at Lachine Canal National Historic Site to rehabilitate several infrastructure elements, including walls, locks, bridges and footbridges and the path lighting system. Parks Canada will provide information on this project through Twitter and Facebook @LachineCanal and on the "Plan Your Commute" webpage.

Parks Canada is investing a record $ 3 billion over five years to complete infrastructure work at national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas across the country. At the Lachine Canal, this work will ultimately improve the experience of more than one million people who visit this exceptional site every year.


Start of New Boating Season at Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Friday, May 18, 2018 Montréal, Quebec Parks Canada
Parks Canada staff and a man on a dock at Lachine Canal
The very first boater of 2018, Mr. Laporte.
Parks Canada’s places represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. Today, the Parks Canada team was pleased to welcome the very first boater of 2018, Mr. Laporte. A renewed calendar of activities awaits boaters this year on the Lachine Canal. Last year, more than 2,400 boats locked through the Canal. Boaters can obtain more information online about locking and mooring services, as well as 2018 activities. Happy boating!

Ongoing Closure of Path and Construction Updates

Montreal, Quebec, April 9, 2018 – Parks Canada would like to inform the public that the western half of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site will remain closed until the end of June 2018 to allow for the completion of rehabilitation work undertaken last fall. Parks Canada kindly asks users to be cautious around the site and to comply with onsite signage, using the suggested detour.

Until June 2018, repairs to the lighting system and the canal walls will be carried out at various locations along a 7 km stretch between Chemin Du Musée in LaSalle and Avenue De l'Église in Le Sud-Ouest. The work will require the use of construction equipment on the path and banks of the canal. Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada so to ensure the safety of users and workers, this section of the canal will be closed for the duration of the work.

Pedestrians are invited to use the sidewalk along St. Patrick Street for their travel in this area.

For pathway commuters, a detour is suggested from Chemin Du Musée in Lachine to municipal bike paths Les Berges (along LaSalle Boulevard), and De l’Aqueduc (along Champlain Boulevard), then onto 5th Avenue, Rue De Verdun and finally onto Avenue De l'Église to join the canal in Le Sud-Ouest.

This is a detour adding about 6 km (+/- 20 minutes) to the route usually used by pathway commuters of the currently closed portion of the Lachine Canal. Despite the additional distance, this route is encouraged because it offers, in large part, a path specific for cyclists similar to that of the canal.

Parks Canada strongly discourages pathway commuters from using St. Patrick Street to bypass the closed section. Due to its configuration and heavy vehicle traffic, St. Patrick Street presents safety issues for bicycle travel. Parks Canada kindly asks pathway commuters to use the proposed detour or other safe transportation alternatives.

Signs including the detour plan will be installed at the various usual access points, at both ends, and along the closed area. Information on the work and impacts to users at the Lachine Canal is also available online at parkscanada.gc.ca/lachinecanal-work.

Parks Canada is aware of the potential inconvenience from the work along the Lachine Canal and its impact on users. In order to minimize the impact, most of the work is done outside of the operating season and, when possible, onsite detours are proposed. In this case, an onsite detour was not feasible and the proposed route represents the option closest to the regular route, while being mindful of the safety of users.

New technology and better visitor experience

The old lamppost, high-pressure sodium lights will be replaced by LEDs which are more durable, more efficient, energy-saving, and easy to maintain. In addition, the old electrical system, dating from the 1970s, is being replaced by an underground power network combined with smart boxes to facilitate repairs in case of failure.

Ultimately, these improvements will enhance the reliability of the lighting network and thus provide a more enjoyable and safe experience for the million annual users. This first phase of the repair of the lighting network of the Lachine Canal runway represents an investment of approximately $ 2.6 million.

Retaining walls

Retaining walls are representative of the evolution of the canal and the construction techniques used for more than a century. They are essential to the structure of the waterway since they retain the weight of the land and protect the shores. They are thus a necessary asset for navigation in the canal and the rich and varied activities offered along the banks.

Until 2020, Parks Canada is carrying out various work to rehabilitate several infrastructure elements at Lachine Canal National Historic Site, including: bridges and footbridges; lighting system; retaining walls; and, locks. When this work has an impact on users, Parks Canada communicates in a variety of ways, including the @LachineCanal social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and online on the Info-Work – Plan Your Commute web page.

Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion over 5 years to support infrastructure improvements in national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas. As part of this, nearly $170 million will be invested in Lachine Canal National Historic Site to upgrade several structural elements of the waterway and thus enhance the experience of the more than one million people who visit this unique site every year.


Parks Canada staff planning their day

Student job offer

Are you a student and want to be part of the Parks Canada team this summer? Here is your chance! We are looking for a social media coordinator and a photographer / videographer.

Send us your curriculum vitae and cover letter by March 19th, 2018 to the following address: uvnq.communications@pc.gc.ca, and if you have any questions, please contact Suzie Poisson at 514 895-1032 or by email: suzie.poisson@pc.gc.ca.

Social Media Coordinator
 

Description of the job

You are passionate about communicating, creating and sharing content on social networks, you like to visit unique places and participate in exceptional events, so this job is for you!

The Quebec Waterways team is looking for a social media manager to produce engaging digital content that features fascinating stories and exciting events! The social media coordinator will encourage interaction with the various audiences around the richness of Québec's historic canals, and will give privileged access to the history and beauty of exceptional wildlife.

Description of tasks

  • Create engaging content and campaigns to effectively address target audiences in social media, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Adapt, offer in a variety of forms and create content on the Web
  • Identify and use influencers, hashtags and strategic mentions to increase engagement on our social media.
  • Develop a calendar of contents and lines of communication for the different social medias
  • Identify attractive photos to feed the digital platforms
  • Collaborate in writing other communication tools
  • Support the External Relations team in their various activities
  • Ensure close monitoring of media, particularly social media, and prepare thematic press reviews
  • Work schedules may include weekends and holidays

Required profile

  • Creative mind
  • Great autonomy and a sense of initiative
  • Organizational skills
  • Interpersonal skill

Abilities

  • Ability to write communication documents in French and English
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to set priorities, perform several tasks simultaneously and meet short deadlines
  • Ability to provide public relations communications products and services
  • Ability to work in a team

Previous experience

Have completed 1 year of university studies (communications, marketing, public relations, journalism or other relevant discipline)

Other requirements

  • Bilingualism is a must
  • Capable of driving a vehicle; valid driver's licence

Work location

Montreal

How to apply?

Send us your curriculum vitae and cover letter by March 19th, 2018 to the following address: uvnq.communications@pc.gc.ca

Photographer-Videographer
 

Description of the job

You are passionate about communications, designing and producing photos and videos, you enjoy working outdoors, visiting unique places and participating in exceptional events, so this job is for you!

The Quebec Waterways team is looking for a videographer/photographer to produce a series of feature stories and promotional images showcasing a varied and exciting programming! Through his or her lens, the videographer/photographer will make you discover or rediscover the richness of the canals, and will give you privileged access to the history and beauty of an exceptional wildlife.

These productions will be used to promote the invaluable sites managed by the Agency, but also to promote public understanding of the work Parks Canada employees do on a daily basis to protect and maintain Canada's heritage.

Description of tasks

  • The student will carry out research in order to find content for his or her videos and photos. This includes, but is not limited to, interviewing Parks Canada employees, meeting with visitors and reviewing documents from the Agency.
  • The student will be required to use various electronic devices and software (camera, editing software, image processing software, sound recording equipment and software, photo processing software, etc.) so as to record photos and videos, edit and produce the final and inspiring versions.
  • The student will use new media to effectively promote and make available videos and photos to peers.
  • The student will be required to use his or her planning and time management skills to ensure that videos and photos are completed before the end of his or her employment contract.
  • The student will use his or her attention to detail, organizational skills and record-keeping skills to record video footage, photos, and to prepare the associated metadata.

Required profile

  • Creative mind
  • Great autonomy and a sense of initiative
  • Organizational skills
  • Interpersonal skill

Abilities

  • Ability to research specific themes
  • Ability to produce video material including feature stories and promotional footage
  • Ability to produce inspiring images
  • Ability to prepare storyboards and screenplays
  • Ability to use different film equipment
  • Ability to use various computer editing and photo editing software
  • Ability to lead a project from start to finish
  • Ability to perform basic administrative tasks
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to collaborate on holding public events
  • General knowledge of Parks Canada and the historic canals of Quebec

Previous experience

  • Have completed 1 year of university studies (cinematography, television, interactive media or others)
  • Other requirements

Bilingualism is a must

Capable of driving a vehicle; valid driver's licence

Work location

Montreal

How to apply?

Send us your curriculum vitae and cover letter by March 19th, 2018 to the following address: uvnq.communications@pc.gc.ca

 


YOUR DREAM JOB AT PARKS CANADA!

2 Parks Canada Employee

 

Available positions : lock and bridge operator

Closing date: 7 February 2018

Operating the controls of the locks and bridges on a historic canal, welcoming boaters, providing visitors with quality service and working in a unique setting... Interested in the world of navigation? Parks Canada’s Quebec Waterways team is currently seeking qualified candidates. Spread the word!

Working the locks for Parks Canada: An exciting job awaits!

Parks Canada is looking to several lock and bridge operator term positions on Quebec historic canals.

The lock operator’s job is complex. For example, at Locks 1, 2 and 3 on the Chambly Canal, 47 different actions are required to let a boat through: opening the sluices and gates, manoeuvring the swing bridge, controlling the traffic lights, and so on. Each canal thus has it specificities you will get accustomed to.

Qualities sought

 

Candidates must be enthusiastic, physically fit and able to multitask—and enjoy working outside, rain or shine. Parks Canada’s lock keepers are known for their exceptional customer service, so it is important to enjoy working with the public.

Candidates must be available from May to October, have completed high school (Secondary V) and hold a driver’s licence. The ability to communicate in English is considered an asset.

The available positions are term positions (with possibility of permanent appointment) and well-paying, with an hourly rate between $22.16 and $24.09 depending on experience.

This enriching and fulfilling job could be yours!

Feel at home on the water and looking for a seasonal job? It is time to apply. Visit jobs.gc.ca to read about the details and the process you must follow lien par canal. Hurry up, the recruitment period closes on February 7!


Parks Canada at the 2018 Montreal Boat Show: An in-depth experience

 

January 22, 2018, Montreal, Quebec Parks Canada Agency

Montreal Boat and Water sports show

 

Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Québec Maritime Association (QMA) as part of the 2018 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from February 1st to 4th at Place Bonaventure to raise awareness of one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. With the special participation of the New York State Canals, we'll welcome visitors this year to our space featuring Canada's historic canals and we'll help them plan their boat trips. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat! The 2018 edition of the Boat Show promises to be very exciting since Parks Canada is preparing plenty of surprises for you: novelties, promotional offers for the 2018 season, virtual reality experiences, contests and much more! The Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario waterways team has assembled a package to guarantee you'll enjoy a fascinating journey.

An unbeatable pre-season offer!

The seasonal lockage permit is valid throughout the navigation season and allows you to go through any lock system that is part of Canada's national historic canals. The seasonal night mooring permit allows night mooring at seven national historic canals, two national parks and one national marine conservation area.

The pre-season offer will allow recreational boaters to save 20% on the current prices of seasonal lockage permits. With the purchase of the lockage permit, also take advantage of a 10% reduction on the night mooring permit.

Just have your boat registration number as well as the length of your boat on hand to make the purchase on the spot.

 

Activities for the whole family

For the greater pleasure of visitors, a locking experience in virtual reality will be made available this year. Come and see us and our cutting edge equipment will enable you to experience a locking as though you were really there!

On Sunday February 4th, come and meet Parks Canada's superstar, the mascot Parka. Since Parka loves making new friends, take advantage of it by taking a picture with her!

Conference of New York and Canada historic canals

This year, Parks Canada is pleased to collaborate with New York State Canals to offer you an exciting conference that goes beyond the borders! Discover the popular nautical circuits through the Canadian and American historic canals, from Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to the Thousand Islands via Chambly and Lake Champlain, or even spend the night at the Lachine Canal to enjoy Montreal's attractions! The lockkeepers will be on hand to answer all your questions and provide you with the information you need to properly plan your next trip, including tips for night mooring, safety in the locks and much more. Don't miss this opportunity!

The 2018 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest nautical gathering in Quebec, and Parks Canada is pleased to participate in it to meet pleasure boating enthusiasts and increase awareness of its exceptional waterways. So it's a meeting as early as February 1st!

2017

Temporary closure of canal banks and pathway

Montreal (QC), September 28, 2017 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that from October 2017 until December 2019, certain areas of the Lachine Canal banks, including the pathway, will be temporarily closed to allow the completion of various rehabilitation work projects.

Travailleur sur les murs du canal de Lachine

Southwest Sector: rehabilitation of retaining walls

Starting in late September 2017, there will be a closure of the north side of the Lachine Canal, between the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge and lock No. 4 (also called the Côte-Saint-Paul lock). This temporary closure will remain in effect until December 2019 and is necessary for the rehabilitation of the canal’s retaining walls. This work includes moving Hydro-Québec poles and the removal of vegetation. While this work is being done, bank and pathway users are encouraged to use the south side of the Canal by crossing over the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge (Beaudoin Street) to the east and the temporary bridge installed at lock No. 4 to the west. Signage with the detour map are installed along the perimeter of the worksite.

Lachine, Lasalle, and Southwest sectors: rehabilitation of the lighting system

At the beginning of October 2017, Parks Canada will begin rehabilitation of the Canal pathway lighting system, between the Côte-Saint-Paul bridge (located under Highway 15) in the Southwest and du Musée Road in Lachine. The work will continue until spring 2018 and will require a full or partial pathway closure in this area. While work is in progress, pathway users are encouraged to use the municipal bike path network and other safe alternative routes.

The safety of workers and the public is Parks Canada’s top priority. Pathway users are reminded to exercise caution, respect signage, and to use the detours provided.

Parks Canada is committed to the sustainability of historic canals and is investing more than 170 million dollars over five years at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. This work is part of the unprecedented 3 billion dollars Parks Canada is investing over five years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These investments represent the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada.

Through infrastructure investments, Parks Canada is protecting and preserving our treasured places while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and strengthening their appeal as destinations to celebrate our nation.

For more information on the infrastructure projects underway at the Lachine Canal, visit www.parcscanada.gc.ca/canallachine-work.


Government of Canada Investing in the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Multi-million dollar improvement to the lighting system for the Lachine Canal path

June 20, 2017, Montreal, Quebec, Parks Canada Agency Parks Canada is responsible for protecting and presenting nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience the outdoors and discover our rich and varied history.
Des cyclistes sur la voie de droite d'une piste cyclable, des piétons sur la piste de gauche, des arbres et du soleil.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $9 million to rebuild the lighting system of the Lachine Canal path.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $9 million over the next three years to rebuild the lighting system along the Lachine Canal path. Members of Parliament, Marc Miller (Ville-Marie – Le Sud-Ouest – Îles-des-Sœurs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities), David Lametti (LaSalle – Émard – Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development) and Anju Dhillon (Dorval – Lachine – LaSalle) made the announcement together on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. This investment will guarantee a safe, high-quality experience for the more than one million yearly visitors to this remarkable urban park in the heart of Montreal. This project involves replacing the entire underground distribution system for lighting along the canal path that dates from 1978. More than 400 lampposts will also be replaced over the next three years to provide pleasant, secure and reliable lighting for visitors. The new LED lamp models will contribute to the sound environmental management of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site and a reduction in energy costs. The rebuilding of the lighting system is in addition to numerous other infrastructure projects recently completed or planned over the next few years along the Lachine Canal, including the rehabilitation of footbridges and tunnels, the rebuilding of canal walls, and the rebuilding of Locks 1 and 2. The Government is very pleased to offer free admission for all visitors to national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada in 2017 to celebrate Canada 150. This also includes free lockage on the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. Just as admission fees give visitors access to the wonders of national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas, lockage fees give boaters access to Parks Canada’s historic waterways.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is committed to protecting and preserving our national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. In addition to supporting local economies and the tourism industry, infrastructure investments at Parks Canada places, support safe, enjoyable experiences for visitors. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, I invite Canadians to experience the history and beauty of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site in the heart of Montreal.”

Marc Miller,
Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, investments in the protection and conservation of Canada’s treasured places take on an even more important meaning. Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and will play a big part in Canada 150. I encourage all Canadians to take advantage of free admission and free lockage for boaters at Parks Canada places in Quebec in 2017, starting right here with the Lachine Canal National Historic Site.”

David Lametti,
Member of Parliament for LaSalle – Émard – Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“National parks and historic sites, like the Lachine Canal, represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are as a people. Our government is investing in the revitalization of federal infrastructure assets at Parks Canada places to help create middle class jobs and sustained economic growth, while ensuring high-quality and meaningful visitor experiences for years to come.”

Anju Dhillon,
Member of Parliament for Dorval – Lachine – LaSalle

Quick facts

  • As the government’s gift to Canadians for Canada 150, admission to all national parks, historic sites and national marine conservation will be free in 2017. This includes free lockage at the historic canals and waterways administered by Parks Canada.
  • With more than one million visitors, the Lachine Canal is an important gathering place in Montreal and a major tourist attraction.
  • A link between the city and nature, the Lachine Canal is located in the southwest section of Montreal. Its 14.5-kilometre urban route runs between the Old Port and Lake Saint-Louis, a navigable waterway punctuated by five locks. Along its banks, a linear green urban park is lined with vestiges of the industrial era when the canal boomed. Throughout the year, a varied schedule of activities makes this historic site a great place to experience with family or friends.
  • Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over five years to support infrastructure work to heritage, tourism, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This investment will ensure these cherished places are protected and secured for the future.
    From June 12 to July 1, the public is invited to take part in the various consultation activities on the draft management plan for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. For more information on the proposed vision and the consultation activities, and to complete the online questionnaire, visit www.consultationscanal.ca.

Associated documents

Backgrounder: Investment in the lighting system of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site (PDF,142 KO) Backgrounder: Infrastructure projects completed along the Lachine Canal National Historic Site (PDF,160 KO)

Parks Canada invites the public to give their views on the draft management plan for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Two cyclists on Lachine Canal path with skyscrapers in the background

June 12, 2017 Montreal, Quebec Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada is pleased to invite the public to give their views on the draft management plan for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. A founding infrastructure that has shaped Montreal’s history, this 14.5 kilometre waterway—today used as a linear park and gathering place—played a key role in the development of Canada’s canal network connecting the heart of the continent to the Atlantic Ocean.

The draft management plan was developed with the benefit of a visioning exercise conducted in 2015 with a range of stakeholders. It contains strategies and key objectives for the management and operation of this National Historic Site for the next 10 to 15 years. The public is requested to comment on proposed aspects such as giving the Lachine Canal a strong and distinctive identity, increasing services, refreshing the visitor experience, mobilizing communities, and increasing awareness of the network of sites managed by Parks Canada.

The Agency today invites visitors, residents of adjacent neighbourhoods and Montrealers at large, partners and organizations who wish to make their voices heard to take part in the various consultation activities surrounding this draft plan. Those interested may consult a summary of the plan and comment on it online until July 1st, 2017, at the following site: consultationcanal.ca.

Kiosks will be set up in various locations to gather the opinions of citizens and visitors:

  • Thursdays, June 15th and June 22nd, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lionel-Groulx metro station.
  • The weekends of June 17-18 and June 24-25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atwater kiosk by the Lachine Canal (southwest corner of Atwater and Saint-Ambroise streets); at Lock No. 1 in the Old Port of Montreal (near the Marché des Éclusiers located at 400 de la Commune West); and the Lachine Visitor Services Centre (500 Chemin des Iroquois, H8S 4H5).

This will also be a great opportunity to find out about the activities on offer as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations and to experience outdoors and learn more on our history.

Finally, a public meeting will take place on Monday, June 19th, at 7 p.m., in the Espace Canal room of the Château Saint-Ambroise, located at 4020 Saint-Ambroise Street. Those who would like to attend are invited to register online at UVNQ.commmunications@pc.gc.ca or by phone at 514-375-2724.

For more information about the proposed vision and consultation activities, and to fill out the online form, please visit consultationscanal.ca.

Quote

“National parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer and they belong to all Canadians. I invite everyone to share their views on the Lachine Canal Historic Site so that, together, we can build a vibrant plan and common vision for this unique and important place.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Two kayakers on Lachine Canal with skyscrapers in the background

Quick facts

  • As a requirement of the Canada National Parks Act, the management plans guide Parks Canada’s places management and are reviewed every 10 years.

  • Forging a link between the city and nature, the Lachine Canal is a magnificent 14.5 km-long urban park that runs through the heart of Montreal. The Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada commemorates the role played by the Lachine Canal in the 19th and 20th centuries at the forefront of the network of canals connecting the heart of the continent to the Atlantic Ocean via the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

  • Visited by over a million people every year, the Lachine Canal is an important gathering place and a major tourist attraction in Montreal.

Associated links

www.consultationscanal.ca/en
Parks Canada
Lachine Canal National Historic Site


Information bulletin 

2017 boating season
Parks Canada's Historic Canals in Quebec

CHAMBLY (Quebec), June 2, 2017 – Parks Canada announces the gradual opening of the 2017 boating season on Parks Canada's historic canals in Quebec. Due to the recent exceptional flooding that affected facilities, the opening to boating was delayed in some locations and sites will remain closed to visitors along the banks for an indefinite period.

Chambly Canal National Historic Site

The Chambly Canal welcomes recreational boaters for the boating season since Friday, May 19th until Monday, October 9th, 2017.

Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

The Saint-Ours Canal welcomes recreational boaters for the boating season since Friday, May 19th until Monday, October 9th, 2017.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site

The Lachine Canal welcomes recreational boaters for the boating season since Friday, May 26th until Monday, October 9th, 2017.

Carillon Canal National Historic Site

The Carillon Canal welcomes recreational boaters for the boating season since Friday, May 26th until Monday, October 9th, 2017. It should be noted that the Carillon Canal Park is partly closed to visitors along the banks and that some wharves will not be accessible to recreational boaters for an indefinite period. Parks Canada is asking for the cooperation of visitors in complying with the traffic signs in place. 

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site

The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal will welcome recreational boaters for the boating season starting on Wednesday, June 7, until Monday, October 9th, 2017. It should be noted that the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal Park is partly closed to visitors along the banks and that some wharves will not be accessible to recreational boaters for an indefinite period. Parks Canada is asking for the cooperation of visitors in complying with the traffic signs in place.

Parks Canada is making every effort to ensure the rehabilitation and safe operation of the historic canal facilities and will inform the population of their reopening as soon as possible. The Agency is seeking the cooperation and support of all users in showing their understanding exercising caution, and complying with the temporary traffic signs.

For further details on the service periods and the opportunities for discovery on Quebec's historic canals, Parks Canada invites you to consult parkscanada.gc.ca/canals or contact 1-888-773-8888.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, admission to all the parks and national historic sites is free for the year 2017 on presentation of the Discovery card. As part of Parks Canada network of historic sites and national parks, the national historic canals offer more than a million recreational boaters and visitors exceptional visitor services and recreational and heritage experiences.